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-- As part of SMTA International, which will be co-located with Assembly Tech Expo from September 30 to October 4 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, the 2001 Symposium on Lead-Free Soldering Technology is free with VIP, Leading Edge or Technical Conference Registration. This symposium, organized by Paul Vianco, Ph.D. of Sandia National Labs, provides a state-of-the-art assessment on Pb-free soldering technology, and addresses specific processing and reliability issues facing the electronics industries of the U.S., Europe and the Pacific Rim. The full-day program features national and international speakers that are experts in electronic soldering; in particular, the newly developing area of Pb-free solder assembly and reliability. SMT online is pleased to bring you information on symposium sessions, as well as the abstracts from papers that will be presented. You can also link directly to this information on the SMTA Web site at ww.smta.org/smtai/symposium.cfm#LF.